Views on economic growth in Solihull sought after - The Solihull Observer

Views on economic growth in Solihull sought after

Solihull Editorial 2nd Feb, 2023   0

RESIDENTS, businesses and stakeholders across Solihull are being called on to have their say on plans for the borough over the next decade.

Solihull Council has created the Solihull Economic Strategy 2023-32 with key partners and stakeholders to look at how continued and improved economic growth within Solihull can be delivered.

To accompany the new strategy, a Delivery Plan has also been produced, which sets out the practical steps that will need to be taken to achieve the aims identified within the strategy.

Solihull Council say this document provides a phased plan for the Council and its partners to follow, with a specific focus on the first three years.

Both documents have been designed to sit alongside, other Council strategies such as the Local Plan, Solihull’s ambitious Net Zero Action Plan and Solihull Connected (the council’s transport strategy).

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “Solihull drives the West Midlands’ economy and our role is only set to increase over the next decade with the arrival of the HS2 Interchange station and further investment planned around UK Central.

“Our economy already supports more than 151,000 jobs and generates output worth over £9.32billion following sustained growth over the last decade.

“However, we know our borough also faces challenges.

“Whilst we have succeeded in creating jobs, some of our people struggle to access them – and this mismatch is something we must address. It’s also essential we uphold our commitments to tackling climate change and safeguarding our environment.

“This will entail a need to transition our economy and communities to become more sustainable.

“Our emerging economic strategy must address these challenges and maximise future opportunities coming to Solihull.

“We believe the ambitions, priorities and actions set out in our draft Strategy and Delivery Plan provide an exciting, fair and achievable road-map for continued borough-wide economic growth over the next decade, but we want to know if you agree with our vision and priorities.”

A public consultation on the updated strategy will run until March 15.

For more or to view the strategy click here.

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